Fraud and Identity Theft
Information and resources to protect yourself and your family from fraud and identity theft.
It’s not always easy to spot con artists. They invade your home through the telephone, computer, and mail; advertise in well-known newspapers and magazines; and come through your door. Most people think they’re too smart to fall for a scam, but the opposite is true.
The National Consumer League’s National Fraud Information Center reported that from January to September 2005, online auctions accounted for 42 percent of all complaints received. Far worse, the average loss was an astounding $1,129. The loss to consumers from identity theft was $5 billion in 2004, with an average loss of $400, $1,440 if the crime was committed online.
One particularly insidious type of crime preys on the goodwill of the American public: charity fraud, which increases at times of national tragedies and natural disasters. (According to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, Americans gave $200 billion to charity in 2000.) Anyone can fall victim to these crooks: Almost without fail, they’re well-mannered, friendly, and helpful—at least at first.
Information about Fraud and Identity Theft
A Guide For Consumers to Help Protect Against Identity Theft
Evolving with Technology
A comprehensive introduction to cybercrime with links to resources
Tips to Prevent Identity Theft
Keep yourself safe from criminals who want to steal your personal information
Products and Publications on Fraud and Identity Theft
Preventing Identity Theft
Colorful, twelve page booklet on preventing identity theft. Available in packs of 10
Preventing Fraud, Abuse, and Other Crime on the Internet
This report explains why the Internet is so attractive to criminals and con artists, and how to protect yourself
This kit, written for community resource liaisons, was designed to help teach seniors about fraud, safety, and crime prevention so they can learn how to protect themselves and feel safer
Small Community Investment Can Protect Seniors Against Fraud
This report explores reasons seniors are disproportionately vulnerable to fraud, identifies key components of a Safety Net, looks at how a Safety Net can work, and identifies benefits to the community and its residents
Downloadable Resources on Fraud and Identity Theft
|1.5 MB||A reproducible brochure about how online auction fraud occurs and how to prevent it||Online Auction Fraud|
|118.5 kB||A reproducible brochure on identifying and reporting charity fraud||Preventing Charity Fraud Brochure|
|507.7 kB||A 16 page full color pdf publication on protecting yourself from identity theft||Preventing Identity Theft: A Guide for Consumers|
|105.5 kB||A reproducible brochure with tips on identifying and avoiding telephone scams||Protect Yourself From Telephone Fraud|
|127.2 kB||A reproducible brochure about protecting passwords, credit card information, and other sensitive personal information||Protecting Private Information|
|42.7 kB||A one-page PDF about how to protect yourself from prescription drug scams||Protecting Yourself From Counterfeit Drugs|
|79.0 kB||This one-page PDF tells you who to contact to report various criminal activities encountered online||Reporting Crime Online|
|1.1 MB||Informative brochure on protecting your credit card information||Safe and Secure in an Electronic World|
|1.3 MB||A reproducible brochure about preventing seniors from becoming victims of fraud||Safer Seniors|
|866.9 kB||A reproducible brochure about fraud and other crimes commonly perpetrated against seniors||Seniors Against Crime|